Irish Snooker

Brendan O’Donoghue Claims Premier Cup in Ivy Rooms

Brendan O’Donoghue collected his first title of the season by emerging with victory in the DBSL Premier Cup on Sunday in Carlow.

Judge, left, made the highest break of the tournament in the final with a brilliant 138. Photo credit: RIBSA

The national champion prevailed in a nail-biting final with Michael Judge that went the distance, with O’Donoghue ultimately sinking the remaining colours in the final frame for a dramatic 4-3 success.

In the semi-finals, O’Donoghue overcame emerging talent Aaron Hill 4-1 while Judge edged another Corkman Greg Casey 4-3.

Hill, only 15 years-old, was arguably the player of the tournament as he compiled a terrific 127 in his defeat to O’Donoghue while previously recording excellent triumphs against the likes of Ryan Cronin and Stephen Bateman to reach the semi-final stage.

Along with the trophy and the top prize, O’Donoghue also rises to the top of this season’s rankings table, moving ahead of Judge, Bateman, and Casey in the standings.

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Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.

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